Another productivity thingo – the Eisenhower Matrix

Another productivity thingo – the Eisenhower Matrix

Even if you don’t use it, it’ll sound impressive when people ask what you’re doing.

The Eisenhower Matrix is a fancy name for a pretty simple idea. It’s a way to keep track of everything you need to do, and figure out which task you should be doing next… instead of bursting into tears and going foetal on the floor because there’s TOO MUCH STUFF.

It’s basically a square that’s split into four corners – DO, PLAN, DELEGATE and ELIMINATE. See? It already sounds amazing, doesn’t it?


Assign all your jobs to one of those corners, and suddenly you can see whether things are important/unimportant and urgent/not urgent. Then you can roll up your sleeves and get to work. But how do you assign them?

Well, that’s up to you. The first step is to look at how you’re spending your time, and ask the hard questions about whether the things taking up your energy and brainspace are really important, urgent or both. The goal here is to make sure you’re focusing on the right jobs.

DO means this stuff is your first priority

Anything that’s urgent and important needs to be done ASAP. If there’s a job in this section, stop reading online articles and get cracking.

PLAN means make time for this a bit later

You have a bit of breathing room for things that are important but aren’t urgent. Make time for these tasks in the near future, but don’t stress too much about them yet.

DELEGATE means get someone else to do it

Yeahhhh, this is going to be less doable when it comes to your study or tidying your room. When something isn’t important but is urgent, it’s better to get someone else to take care of it. If that’s not possible, think about why it’s urgent. And if you really need to do this thing at all.

ELIMINATE means get rid of it

A task that isn’t important or urgent? Why is it on here? Pick your nose in your own time.

Wanna try it out? There’s a webapp version here that you can use.


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